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on 14 September 2014
I have just bought this camera and I am still getting used to the way it works, so far everything looks good especially the movie picture quality, though I have a camcorder and didn't buy this for its movie capabilities. After weeks and weeks of research I finally bit the bullet and opted for this model (toss up between this and the Sony HX50, this won due to its far smaller size) and bought it from a well known high street retailer as it was the same price as on Amazon, in stock, and I didn't have the hassle of waiting in for a courier to deliver it.
First impressions are favourable, but and its a big but, the build quality of some of the parts (Telephoto zoom lever and the button you press to take the photo itself which is part of the same mechanism as the zoom lever) look and feel very flimsy, which considering the price of this camera could become a major concern should you ever drop it or give it a very hard bang!
Picture quality looks to be okay so far, but I have a Panasonic Lumix FS7 which takes really good pictures though with a far smaller zoom (one reason I bought this camera was because of the larger zoom), and I can't see any improvement in picture quality with this camera over the FS7 (though I haven't really had a chance to test it out fully yet). I have a longer Zoom Sony bridge type camera (H-1) that I take on holidays, but its far too bulky to put in your pocket and weighs quite a bit as well, so now I can happily just stick this in my pocket and be ready for any shot that takes my fancy (the main reason for its purchase). I am fairly happy with this camera so far, but my concern over its build quality is enough to drop a star.
Update to above review - I have just come back from a long weekend in Scotland where I took this camera everywhere in my pocket without any problems. Just don't drop it and you will be okay. An update on the picture quality now that I have taken quite a few (200 plus) photo's on different settings, this camera's images appear to be over processed, they appear soft and not nearly as sharp as the Panasonics, and I also got some jagged edges and ghosting (main problem with jpeg images) at the long end of the zoom range, so by comparison, the Panasonic lumix FS7 takes far sharper and better quality pictures, so it now just gets a three star rating overall....sigh.